Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Earl W. Closs Jr. - Cheboygan Daily Tribune

Earl W. Closs Jr., of Indian River, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Augusta, Ga.
He was born in Gladstone, on Dec. 2, 1932, the son of Earl and Thelma (Christoff) Closs.
He graduated from Gladstone High School in 1951.
Earl entered the United States Marine Corps on Aug. 21, 1951 and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1953. He spent eight months in the hospital from wounds received in combat. Earl received a Purple Heart, Korean service ribbons, United Nation ribbons and 2 Bronze Stars.
He enrolled in Ferris Institute on September 15, 1954 and graduated on June 13, 1958 with a degree in accounting and a B. S. Degree in teaching.  He taught in Inland Lakes Schools from 1958-1978.
Earl married Harlene “Lea” Austin on Feb. 27, 1957. They had two children, Ann M. Brown of Augusta, Ga. and Steven M. Closs of Sunnyvale, Calif.
Harlene preceded him in death in March 2000.
On Dec. 16, 1981, he married Laura L. Stewart (Rymut) in Cheboygan.
The couple made their home in Indian River for over 30 years.
In his younger years, Earl enjoyed playing golf, softball, bowling, traveling and bingo. He was a member of the Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, various card clubs and was a former board member of the Indian River Titans’ youth football program.
In addition to his children, Earl is survived by his sister, Mary Jo Larson of Escanaba; sisters-in-law, Jean Closs of Marshall and Geen (Bob) Jaworski of Indian River; stepchildren, Nanci Stewart Wright of Indian River, Randy L. (Janie) Stewart, of Indian River, Howard E. (Sharon) Stewart of Boyne City, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his brother David Closs and parents.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River, with Father Michael Haney, officiating. Visitation will be held at the Shrine on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Burial will take place in Oakhill Cemetery in Indian River.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to remember the Diabetes Foundation. Contributions may be made through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.
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